2022-07-27 | NYSE: NWN | Press release


An Oregon-based utility is about to test cutting-edge energy technology at its plant in Central Portland.

NW Natural, a 163-year-old Portland-based gas utility, today announced a partnership with Washington-based Modern Electron to create clean hydrogen directly from natural gas and integrate it into its grid. existing natural gas distribution system.

The innovative technological process known as simultaneous combustion methane pyrolysis is designed to produce clean hydrogen and solid carbon using only natural gas and air as inputs – and requires no electricity, water or consumable catalyst. “This technology could provide an incredibly elegant and flexible way to produce clean hydrogen – and potentially at very low cost when and where we need it on our system to help decarbonize,” said Kim Heiting, vice-president. Senior President of Operations for NW Natural. The technology, which is slated for a pilot project at NW Natural’s Central Portland Central Facility, is one of many solutions the utility is pursuing in its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality for the energy it supplies to customers, as detailed in its destination zero report.

The hydrogen created by this clean pyrolysis process has the potential to be used for heating in industrial, commercial and residential applications. The solid carbon resulting from the process could be turned into products such as asphalt, building materials, automobile tires and soil amendments.

This project will be the first in a line of scheduled gas utility installations from Modern Electron, the sustainable heat and power technology company based in suburban Seattle. “The fastest and most economical way to reduce CO2 nationwide emissions is to make efficient use of existing infrastructure. By decarbonizing natural gas at the point of use, our Modern Hydrogen products help companies reduce their carbon footprint without the cost and complexity of changing their processes. We are all about decarbonization. And we are thrilled with our partnership with NW Natural,” said Mothusi Pahl, vice president of business development and government affairs.

The pilot is expected to be commissioned in early 2023.

About the modern electron

Modern Electron is a sustainable heating and hydrogen company. Modern Electron’s gas decarbonization products are designed to generate cost-effective hydrogen from natural gas at the point of use without CO2 emissions. This “modern hydrogen” approach eliminates the logistics, costs, and emissions associated with traditional hydrogen generation, transportation, and storage. Designed for continuous hydrogen supply in process heat, power generation and environmental/space/water heating, Modern Electron’s exclusive simultaneous combustion and pyrolysis technology has the ability to accelerate decarbonization. North American gas utilities trust Modern Electron for clean, cost-effective hydrogen in the industrial, commercial, residential and transit sectors. Learn more about www.ModernHydrogen.com.

About NW Natural

NW Natural is a local distribution company that currently provides natural gas service to approximately 2.5 million people in more than 140 communities over more than 780,000 yards in Oregon and southwestern Washington with one of the most modern pipeline systems in the country. NW Natural consistently leads the industry with high customer satisfaction scores at JD Power & Associates. NW Natural, part of Northwest Natural Holding Company, (NYSE: NWN) (NW Natural Holdings), is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has been in business for more than 160 years. NW Holdings owns NW Natural, NW Natural Renewables Holdings (NW Natural Renewables), NW Natural Water Company (NW Natural Water) and other business interests. We have a long-standing commitment to safety, environmental stewardship and caring for our employees and our communities. Find out more in our latest ESG report.

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